Folks who want to get their float, troupe or band into the Columbus and Phenix City Christmas parade have until 5 p.m. Friday to put in their application.
Those interested may call 334-291-4719 or 706-576-5475, or download an application from www.columbusga.org/parks.
During its meeting Tuesday, Columbus Council will consider an application to close Broadway's northbound lanes from Ninth Street to 13th Street 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for the Dec. 13 parade, which starts at 10 a.m.
If to oldtimers "northbound" sounds like the parade's going in the wrong direction, it’s because continuing construction on Phenix City’s Broad Street has organizers running a “reverse route” to avoid that.
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Normally the parade goes north on Broad Street from Dillingham Street in Phenix City, cuts east across the 13th Street Bridge into Columbus and turns south on Broadway.
This year it will come east across the Dillingham Street Bridge into Columbus, dog-leg to turn up Ninth Street for one block and then cut north on Broadway to the 13th Street Bridge, said Holli Browder of Columbus' Parks & Recreation Department. Crossing the bridge west, it will continue on to Phenix City’s Central Activities Center at 1500 14th St.